East Asian Security (DIP 750)
Dr. Robert M. Farley
Office: Patterson 467
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-3pm
Office Telephone: 859-257-4668
The political geography of the East Asian region has
been transformed over the last two hundred years, a process that continues
today. The growing importance of East Asia to the global economy makes security
competition in the region problematic to the entire world. Although the region has avoided direct Great
Power conflict since 1953, security institutions have been slow to develop. This course examines the security interests
of the major powers in the region, with special emphasis on areas of potential
Student discussion will take up the bulk of class
time. I expect everyone to attend, have
studied the readings, and have a familiarity with current events. Any major reputable newspaper will suffice
for the latter, although I prefer the New York Times.
Grading will be based on class participation (20%), two
6-8 page papers (30% each) and one final examination (20%).
Each of the two 6-8 page papers must be typed and
double-spaced. Please do not exceed the
page limit. Although specific topic is
up to you, one paper should have a regional focus, while the other should
concentrate on a particular nation-state.
The papers need not hold to any particular
format (policy oriented memo, for example), but should be internally consistent
in focus. Additional research is welcome,
and may be necessary for the adequate presentation of some topics. The first paper is due on the week of your
presentation (see below), and the second on the final day of the course.
You are required to present and defend one paper
during class. You must indicate to me a
preference for which week to present by the second week of the course, such
that I can stagger presentations. The presentation should
last about fifteen minutes, and will be followed by a fifteen minute question
and answer period. The presentation will make up 50% of your
participation grade, or 10% of the total grade.
The papers will be evaluated on both content and
presentation. Information must be
accurate, arguments well thought out, and style compelling.
Purchase of the following books is recommended, but
G. John, and Michael Mastanduno. International
Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific.
New York: Columbia University
Gilpin, War and Change in World
Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University
Lim. The Geopolitics of East Asia. London:
Garver. Protracted Contest:
Sino-Indian Rivalry in the 20th Century. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.
Week 1 (1/11): Introduction
Week 2 (1/18): Theoretical Debates and Historical Overview
Robert Gilpin, War and Change in World Politics,1-105.
Alistair Iain Johnston, "Thinking about Strategic
Culture," International Security. Volume 19,Number
4, (Spring 1995) pp. 32-64.
Jervis, "Security Regimes," International Organization, Volume 36,
Number 2, Spring 1982, pp.357-378.
Peter Rosen, “Strategic Traditions for the Asia-Pacific Region,” Naval War
College Review, Winter 2001.
Week 3 (1/25): Theoretical Debates and Historical Overview
War and Change in World Politics, 106-210.
Robyn Lim. The
Geopolitics of East Asia, 1-198.
Week 4 (2/1): China:
Great Power in Waiting?
Iain Johnston, “Is China a Status Quo Power?” International Security,
Vol. 27, No. 4 (Spring 2003), pp. 5-12, 25-49
Shambaugh, “China's Military Views the World: Ambivalent Security” International
M. Lampton, “The Faces of Chinese Power” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2007
An Emerging China’s Emerging Grand Strategy: A Neo-Bismarckian
Turn?, Avery Goldstein, in Ikenberry
Bijian, “China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ to Great Power Status”, Foreign Affairs,
Week 5 (2/8): China:
The Taiwan Straits
Dittmer, “Taiwan and the Issue of National Identity,” Asian Survey, Vol.
44, No. 4 (Aug 2004), pp. 475-483
A. Glosny, “Strangulation from the Sea? A PRC Submarine Blockade of Taiwan,” International
Security, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Spring 2004), pp. 125-160
Lieberthal, “Preventing a War over Taiwan”, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2005
Andrew Erickson and
Andrew Wilson, “China’s Aircraft Carrier Dilemma” Naval War College Review, Autumn 2006.
Maritime Geostrategy and the Development of the Chinese Navy in the Early
Twenty-First Century, Naval War College Review, Autumn
Week 6 (2/15): Japan
the US-Japan Alliance, and the Security Dilemma
in East Asia, Thomas J. Christensen, in
Inertia: Japanese Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World, William Grimes, in
Sources of American-Japanese Economic Conflict, Robert Gilpin, in
Japanese National Identity at Century’s End, Masaru Tamamoto, in Ikenberry
Week 7 (2/22): Japan:
History and Rearmament
E. Calder, “China and Japan’s Simmering Rivalry”, Foreign Affairs March/April
Yoshihara and James R. Holmes, Japanese Maritime Thought: If Not Mahan,
Who? Naval War College Review, Summer 2006
Matsumura, Japan’s History Debate Reconsidered, International Herald Tribune,
November 17, 2006
Matsumura, The Regional Dynamics of Japan’s History
Debate: Epiphenomena, Substance, and Prospects, Brookings Institute, October
Week 8 (3/1): Korea
Rozman and Shin-Wha Lee, Unraveling the Japan-South Korea ‘Virtual Alliance’:
Populism and Historical Revisionism in the Face of Conflicting Regional
Strategies, Asian Survey, September/October 2006.
Nam, Relocating the U.S. Forces in South Korea: Strained Alliance, Emerging
Partnership in the Changing Defense Posture, Asian Survey, August
Arms Control Today, North Korea Nuclear Test Focus , November
Week 9 (3/8): ASEAN: Diplomatic and Military Cooperation
*Amitav Acharya, “The Evolution of ASEAN Norms and the Emergence
of the ASEAN Way,”
Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem
of Regional Order, (London:
Routledge, 2001), pp. 47-79
Hemmer and Peter J. Katzenstein, “Why is There No NATO
in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism,”
International Organization, Vol. 56, No. 3 (Summer 2002), pp. 575 - 607
S. Duffield, “Why is there no APTO? Why is there no OSCAP: Asia Pacific
Security Institutions in Comparative Perspective,” Contemporary Security
Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2, (Aug. 2001)
Katanyuu, Beyond Non-Interference in ASEAN: The
Association’s Role in Myanmar’s National Reconciliation and Democratization,
Asian Survey December 2006
Socialization in International Institutions: The ASEAN Way and
International Relations Theory, Alastair Iain Johnston, in Ikenberry
Week 10 (3/22): ASEAN: Military Challenges
Bradford, The Growing Prospects for Maritime Security
Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Naval War College Review, Summer 2005
H. Ho, The Security of Sea Lanes in Southeast Asia,
Asian Survey August 2006.
Eric. "The Fall and Rise of Navies in East Asia: Military
Organizations, Domestic Politics, and Grand Strategy." International
27, no. 2
Bitzinger, “Come the Revolution”, Naval War College Review, Autumn
McVadon, China’s Maturing Navy, Naval War College Review, Spring
Week 11 (3/29): India:
New Partner for US?
Carter, “America’s New Strategic Partner?” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2006
Raja Mohan, “India and the Balance of Power” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2006
John Garver, Protracted
Contest, 3-31, 79-109, 313-390
Week 12 (4/5): Russia
Rangsimaporn, Russia’s Debate on Military-Technological Cooperation with China:
From Yeltsin to Putin”, Asian Survey, May/June 2006.
Wishnick, “Russia and the CIS in 2005: Promoting East Asian Oil Diplomacy,
Containing Change in Central Asia”, Asian Survey, January/February 2006.
Institute: The Future of Russian Energy Policy, November 2006
Week 13 (4/12): War on Terror
Chung, “China's "War on Terror”: September 11 and
Uighur Separatism.” Foreign Affairs. 81(4) (July-August 2002), pp.
Joshua Kurlantzick, “China’s Dubious Role in the War on
vol. 102, no. 668 (December 2003), 432-439
Banlaoi, “Maritime Terrorism in Southeast Asia: The Abu Sayyef Threat”, Naval
War College Review, Autumn 2005
Capie, “Between a Hegemon and a Hard Place: the ‘War on Terror’ and Southeast
Asian-US Relations,” The Pacific Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (June 2004), pp.
Week 14 (4/19): Overview I
Hierarchy and Stability in Asian International Relations, David
Kang, in Ikenberry
Identity and the Balance of Power in Asia,
Henry R. Nau, in Ikenberry
Power and Purpose in Pacific East Asia;
A Constructivist Interpretation, in Ikenberry
Kang. “Getting Asia Wrong,” International Security
Vol. 27, No. 4, Spring 2003, pp.57-85
Week 15 (4/26): Overview II
Economic Interdependence and the Future of US-Chinese Relations,
Dale Copeland, in Ikenberry
States, Markets, and Great Power Relations in the Pacific: Some
Realist Expectation, Jonathan Kirshner, in Ikenberry
Samuel S. Kim, “Regionalization and Regionalism” Asian Studies,
Vol. 4 (2004), pp. 39-67